I get most of my gear out so when I bring him in I will have everything all there. No problem catching him and I have him crosstied and I take my saddle off the saddle rack which is inside its own cubbyhole. I almost drop it when I hear this horrible squak squak. At first I thought I stepped on one of the chickens that roam around. So looking around and see no chickens proceed to get the saddle pad that was still there. Again more squaking.
Well now that the saddle and saddle pad removed I see the reason for the squaking. There brooding under my saddle was this chicken with about 8 brown eggs. She was NOT happy. So I put my hand in to see if I could move her as I didn't see the eggs at first and she was not budging...at all. I had some soft pads on the shelf and with the saddle above it was a nice nesting area...LOL When I see the eggs I felt bad about trying to move her so I rearrange the pad she is brooding on make sure all the eggs are under her and she is just sitting there clucking away. I rub her and stroke her and I get this soft cooing. She was very happy. I curl the edge of the pad so the eggs would stay in place and the draft from the door would be minimized.
So after my ride I had to put the saddle pad from the saddle very carefully back over her and put the saddle back on the rack careful so I didn't hit her or the eggs. More petting and more cooing. I got some of the grain food and put a little pile in front of her so she could eat as well before I lelt.
I am such a softie......................LOL